What's the best printing paper for fine art photography?
Evgenia grew up in Tiksi, a secluded port city on the shore of the Laptev Sea in the Arctic. Although now based in London, her work often focuses on the remote landscapes and people of her birthplace. To enhance the magical realism of her images, she chose Hahnemühle fine art papers, which are recommended for Canon printers, for her first major UK exhibition, Hyperborea – Stories from the Russian Arctic, at the Photographers' Gallery in London.
"When you reach a certain point in your career, it becomes vital that your prints look their absolute best, and fine art papers enable you to achieve this," she says. "In my student days, I always used to print on regular photo papers. Nowadays, I wouldn't dream of using standard photo paper. It has to be fine art papers every time.
"I love printing on matte paper and I like the texture of Hahnemühle's Matt FineArt Smooth Photo Rag®. It's not overly textured, but it has the feel of a precious object when you hold it in your hands," she says.
Andrea Sippel of Hahnemühle agrees that a fine art paper helps photographers to get the very best out of their images. "That's down to print quality, surface texture, a tactile feel and finish, as well as longevity," she explains. "Fine art paper has a three-dimensional quality that can raise an artwork to a higher level."